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 Job posting 18-56
Opening date: July 17, 2018
Closing date: August 27, 2018

TITLE:IT Specialist(APPSW),IS-2210, Grades 11 - 13; $67,643 to $125,335 Annually
TYPE OF POSITION: Trust Fund, Indefinite
DIVISION: - High Energy Astrophysicis Division
LOCATION: Cambridge, Massachusetts
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all qualified candidates. First consideration may be made 14 days after the opening date.

This is a career ladder opportunity with promotion potential to grade 13. Selection for this position to be made at the grade 11, 12 or 13 level. Candidates may be non competitively promoted to the next grade level , up to grade 13, upon the recommendation of the supervisor based on classification requirements, satisfactory performance and qualifications of the employee

The NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) project has openings for a Software Developer (IT Specialist) to join its dynamic team. The ADS has built scalable web-based platform using a modern development stack: a custom build of the open-source search engine Solar, a highly responsive UI engineered on top of React, a high performance distributed brokerage system, and cloud-based hosted services with Kubernetes in Amazon Web Services. The primary programming languages are Python, Java, and JavaScript.

The primary responsibility of the employee is to maintain and enhance the capabilities of the ADS search engine, enhance its text processing pipelines, and use machine learning techniques to improve a variety of ADS services including metadata enrichment, citation analysis, and recommendations. The employee is a highly motivated software developer experienced in developing well-structured software packages and libraries implementing text processing, indexing, and analysis. The developer is part of a small, agile team of talented, like-minded individuals who are solving difficult problems as a group


Responsibilities:

1. Function as part of a team to develop new capabilities and services to support the ADS search engine and its integration with new and existing ADS services

2. Enhance the ADS API and back-end services to support community needs

3. Apply machine learning algorithms for metadata extraction and classification of literature as well as recommendation systems

4. Participate in the maintenance of the ADS data holdings by taking part in the harvesting, curation and enrichment of fulltext articles, and their ingestion in the ADS database

5. Perform other duties as may be required.

In addition to the duties listed above, duties at the grade 12 may include but are not limited to:

1. Design and develop new capabilities and services to support the ADS search engine and its integration with new and existing ADS services

In addition to the duties listed above, duties at the grade 13 may include but are not limited to:

1. Develop new machine learning algorithms for metadata extraction and classification of literature as well as recommendation systems

For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.

1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

AND

Candidates for grade 11 must possess minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 9 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as knowledge of the Linux operating system, python, and Java or C++; knowledge of web standards and technologies such as HTTP, REST, JSON, XML; knowledge of text mining techniques, machine learning principles and practices, search technologies; knowledge of code versioning tools and repositories such as Git and Github; ability to build secure, reusable code and libraries to support applications, services and databases.

Candidates for grade 12 must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 11 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as proficient knowledge of Java or C++; and knowledge of machine learning principles and practices

Candidates for grade 13 must possess a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 12 in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as skill in building secure, reusable and scalable code and libraries to support applications, services and databases; and proficient knowledge of code versioning tools and repositories such as Git and Github.

OR

Education:

All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management or degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks.

Grade 11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete information and online application procedures, please visit: USAJOBS

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